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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, January 9, 2001

January 09, 2001

50 years ago — A temporary suspension of enlistments in the U.S. Air Force has been ordered for the Imperial Valley Air Force recruiting station, Staff Sgt. Richard Yadon, El Centro recruiter, announced Tuesday. The order followed a regulation establishing an enlistment ceiling of 110 recruits per day in eight western states.

40 years ago — While Imperial Valley lettuce was rolling out on a rising market Monday, growers and union organizers were active on the farm labor front. The growers dispatched a telegram to Gov. Brown citing reasons why he shouldn't intervene in the harvest wage issue, and unions issued demands for collective bargaining and a $1.25 hourly wage.

30 years ago — Fire destroyed the top portion of a fiberglass Spartan statue Friday night at Central Union High School. El Centro police answered a call from CUHS Vice Principal Blinn Tenney at 7:32 p.m. Friday. Police called El Centro Fire Department but when firefighters arrived, the blaze had been extinguished by school maintenance men.

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20 years ago — County health officials and Valley police chiefs were to meet at 11 today to coordinate efforts to combat the local rabies epidemic that has produced 36 rabid animals and required 116 people to be treated. Officials are requiring all dogs in the Valley to be vaccinated by Jan. 16.

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